Go, Read: Facebook Thread About One Day Finding One's Own Work On Sale On eBay
Here. I like the swerve into the sales origin of the comics and materials in question and that the buyer who put the items up ends up being a fair- and rational-sounding person.
Super-small press material like this has seemed to me over the years to be more generally desirable to buyers than a fan used to scanning Heritage Auctions headlines or reading the old price guides might imagine; it's just that the market is smaller all-around than the others. It is undeniably rare material.
* not comics: another essay about the strategy of focusing on positive reviews. Since this one has focused on Peak TV, it might have more to say to comics than the average thinkpiece of its type. I think every writer has to pick their own strategy, and focusing on positive pieces is one of them. I like a range of discussions, myself, and we should be more honest generally that many people do this to avoid pushback.
Progress In Prageeth Ekneligoda Case Focuses On Missing Documents
Any progress at all in the case of the missing, presumed dead journalist and cartoonist follow a Sri Lankan election in which he wrote editorials against those in power is sort of a miracle. All respect to the Ekneligoda's wife Sandya for everything uncovered to date. As the article makes clear, there is still a long, long way to go to making human rights charges stick.
Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding
By Tom Spurgeon
* I'm still trying to figure out the comics/illustration category on Kickstarter and the general drift of on-line charity sites in general. Here's one that I hadn't seen before. Columbus-based publisher Ken Eppstein is looking for a loan. I'm on board for this one. He's my local, ethical small press publisher.
* creators Kurt Busiek and Erik Larsen are having something of a sprawling Twitter argument about what might be needed in terms of narrative/concept tweaks to give a Fantastic Four comic the best chance to find an audience. I think that's a hard task; I think Marvel provided the Lee/Kirby team with some fine creators over the last ten years of their serial run. I think a lot of superhero comics would be improved by crawling out of their own asses a bit, tell exciting adventure stories without making them commentary on "the brand" of the title, but that's just me.
* finally: I believe the creators here and in almost every case like this: it's not exactly comics, but be warned there are people who hover around at all levels of creative endeavor that will take money from you that you almost certainly deserve. Be careful out there.